This documentary set features 2 flims. The first dvd is Frank Capra's 'Why We Fight. The Battle of Russia' which was made in 1945. It gives you a brief history of Russia's wars with the Teutonic Knights, Napoleon Bonapart and its part in WW1; also a brief history of the Russian people their culture and land.
The flim is of its time, so the full extent of Stalin's ruthlessness, the USSR's Treaty of Non-Aggression of 1939 with Nazi Germany, the winter war with Finland are not mentioned. For the time it is understandable as both the Western Allies and the USSR had to work together to win the war. The first mention of WW2 is the German invasion of Poland and skips to the fall of France, missing out the USSR invasion of Poland. It goes on to talk about how the Russians were willing to give up land to counter the Blitzkrieg but I feel this happened because they moved their forces to the border leaving the Stalin line undermanned. It talks about the bravery of the Russian people in the Great Patriotic War (WW2) which you can not argue with. The defence of Leningrad, the battle of Moscow and Stalingrad are also covered.
As I have said this is a film of its time and is quite interesting to see how these events are reported in 1945.
The second dvd are two Russian documentaries that where made in the 70's which cover the siege of Leningrad and the battle of Kursk. Both are very poor, the footage is mostly of Leningrad and the city of Kursk in the 70s, no depth at all on either battle and constantly refers to how great the Communist system is, with really bad Soviet disco music playing all the time over what WW2 footage there is (seeing a T34/85 in battle with disco music playing does not work for me.) The World At War is a truely great documentry that was made in 1973/1974; compared with this film it looks even better.
So if you are thinking of buying this dvd I will say don't. The fist dvd is good but you can get Frank Capra's Battle of Russia for 2.99 with free post and the second dvd is not worth getting.
I was tempted to award this twin set DVD with four stars but the second DVD is so bad I decided to only award it with two.